WTKS (Real Radio 104.1)/Orlando's Russ Rollins Sued By Estranged Wife Over On-Air Process Server Bit
June 8, 2015 at 3:58 AM (PT)
The estranged wife of iHEARTMEDIA Talk WTKS-F (REAL RADIO 104.1)/ORLANDO morning host RUSS ROLLINS says that his JANUARY 30th bit claiming to have been served divorce papers on the air wasn't "real" enough, and she's hired attorney GLORIA ALLRED to sue him and the station over it.
The ORLANDO SENTINEL reports that SAMANTHA BOOMER is alleging that while she wanted the divorce to be a private matter, ROLLINS, longtime host of "MONSTERS IN THE MORNING" on the FM talk station, got a process server to enact the presenting of the papers on the air, prompting social media backlash against her.
The station issued a correction in MARCH after BOOMER complained, but BOOMER filed suit THURSDAY and ALLRED called a press conference FRIDAY to tell reporters, "SAMANTHA has been forced to suffer unfair and defamatory broadcast bullying for too long from those who would use the power of the microphone as a weapon against her."
BOOMER said that ROLLINS and the station "decided to take something that is painful, personal and private and make it public entertainment for profit and ratings. This public disgrace and embarrassment has caused so much pain and disruption that I had to contemplate moving my family from the community that I love."
ROLLINS' lawyer JONATHAN SIMON told the paper that the suit is groundless because what ROLLINS said was true and added that the couple actually began divorce proceedings in 2014 and reached a settlement, but tried a reconciliation that failed, prompting the second filing by BOOMER; "Had they done what they should have done and followed the 2014 marital settlement agreement," SIMON said, "RUSS would never have been served with anything."